Firemen have been captured on camera, stealing cell phones from unsuspecting women on the beach. However, the footage of the firefighters and their invaluable message is being celebrated — and we shouldn’t stop sharing until everyone gets it.
Södra Älvsborg’s Rescue Service Federation saw a concerning trend and decided to do something about it, and their message is resonating with people around the world. The Swedish emergency medical service crew headed out with cameras rolling, and they were on a mission. They were out to unashamedly steal cell phones from unsuspecting people. Although the clip took place at the beach, the valuable message it relayed fits so many more situations.
As the clip begins, two members of the Södra Älvsborg’s Rescue Service Federation emergency medical service crew head down to the beach after slapping on their sunblock, of course. Once their feet hit the sand, they scan the beachgoers, sitting on the shore, and pick their targets. The first of which is a petite blonde, entranced by something on her phone.
The guys look to the left, then back to the woman to their right, and they realize something must be done. As she stares at the screen of her mobile device, she doesn’t notice the two men, clad in black, approach. But, she’s soon well aware of their presence.
As one gentleman walks in front of her, the other steps behind her where he reaches over her shoulder, ripping the cell phone from her hands. Stunned, she looks around to figure out what’s going on. At that moment, the man in front kneels down beside her, and with a point of his finger, everything becomes clear.
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Posted by Södra Älvsborgs Räddningstjänstförbund on Friday, July 6, 2018
The video from the concerned emergency medical service crew went viral on Facebook almost immediately, and it’s easy to see why. The message is an invaluable one, and it’s relayed with a simple point of the finger after the gentlemen approach beachgoers and snatch their phones right out of their hands.
As the stunned beachgoers ask why their phones have been suddenly taken from them, the crew answers by pointing a finger at their children playing in the water. Instead of watching their kids and ensuring they are safe, the adults are engrossed in their phones, placing the kids at risk of drowning since they have very little adult supervision, thanks to the distraction provided by the mobile device.
As parents sit on the shore with their heads buried in their phones, their children could be drowning feet from them, and they’d be none the wiser until it’s too late since drowning can and does occur rather quickly and quietly, contrary to what the movies might show us. It’s a tragedy waiting to happen.
That’s why the emergency service crew wrote on Facebook, “Give your cell phone a rest while you’re on the beach,” after noticing the situation was worsening in their area and realizing that they needed to do something about it. But, their message could actually serve parents well in so many other places.
Whether at the beach, at a playground, or just out and about in public, a child’s well-being and even their life can be put at risk because their parent is looking at their cell phone instead of watching them. Every parent knows, it only takes a second for things to go horribly wrong. Even so, we all too often give our full attention to our phones rather than our kids.
And, it’s not just the risk of injury that children suffer when parents neglecting them because they are too busy with their phones. In fact, a study published in the journal Translational Psychiatry showed that distracted parenting — like looking at a cell phone while we should be caring for our child — can have detrimental effects on that child’s development, causing longterm consequences, TIME reported.
“Few things require more hands-on attention than a young child. And there’s little that’s more distracting than the constant bleeping of our cell phones. When these two things compete for our attention, the results can be sobering,” the article warns before adding, “scientists show that distracted parental attention may sometimes have detrimental effects on babies’ development, especially their ability to process pleasure.”
These guys sent a clear message, now it’s our job to help spread it as far as possible because it simply can’t be emphasized enough. Keep your eyes on your children rather than on your cell phone screen. Not just at the beach, but everywhere. They deserve our attention more than anything or anyone on our phone, and it only takes a second for tragedy to strike. So, put down the phone and be alert for their sake — not just at the beach, but all year long. No child should be put in danger because an adult is paying more attention to their cell phone than them — ever. Parenting requires our full attention, all the time. Share this until everyone gets the message because it could easily save an innocent life.